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9801  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Casinos on: February 15, 2007, 06:49:45 PM

Quote from: depward on February 15, 2007, 06:37:46 PM

TML is the roulette king.  He knows a fairly time-intensive strategy for that game which virtually assures you to come out ahead if you're playing with a couple bucks at a time.

I'm sorry but that's just not true.  I mean, superstition is fun and all in a casino, and I'm not above having a lovely lady blow on my dice for good luck, but there's no way to strategize in roulette and increase your odds.  You either play with a house advantage of 2.7% on a single zero wheel, or you play with a house advantage of 5.26% with the more common double zero wheels.  No matter what kind of bet or crazy combinations you bet on the table, the odds all come out the same.

Any chance TML's system is a variation on the Martingale system, where you double a losing bet so you can regain your losses? 
9802  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Costco Return Policy Change on: February 15, 2007, 06:14:47 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on February 15, 2007, 06:03:13 PM

Moral of this thread: You reap what you sow.
Stage 5: bible quotes?
9803  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii to have a Meltdown... on: February 15, 2007, 06:13:57 PM

Quote from: Misguided on February 15, 2007, 05:57:40 PM

We've seen plenty of screens for this, but why no vids?
Religious reasons.
9804  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: {dead} HEADS UP! Wiis in stock at Amazon on: February 15, 2007, 06:12:12 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 15, 2007, 05:53:18 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 15, 2007, 05:44:38 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 15, 2007, 05:23:22 PM

Now I just need to find a way to hook it up to the network-

You should not think about simply mooching off of a neighbor's wireless network, even though the Wii is only going to be using the connection very intermittently since you can't yet game online.  Although it would be a ridiculously easy thing to do while you figure out your future plans for your home network, you'd be buying yourself an express ticket to the minimum security white collar sin version of Hell.

So don't even think about it.

actually that didn't even cross my mind.  They have 2 different network adapters for the Wii but a wireless router is only about 20 bucks more and will likely get more use in the future than the adapters.

Well, I definitely think that buying a wireless router is a better long run path than buying the network adapter.  I was just pointing out that that right now all the Wii is going to do online is download occasional updates and a few 500k-2MB retro games, which won't really be all that taxing to a network.  But if you're ready and willing to do the upgrade to wireless, by all means go right ahead.
9805  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Casinos on: February 15, 2007, 06:01:13 PM
If you want your money to last a bit, the best odds are in blackjack and craps.  If you like blackjack, you need at the very least memorize the basic strategy and be fine with giving up any independent decision-making ability.  Add a very basic (it's not really that hard) card counting strategy, and you can cut the house advantage down pretty low.  That's the closest you're going to get to a chance of winning, your odds will only be slightly worse than flipping a coin.

Craps is the next best thing, statistics wise, to blackjack.  You need to ignore all the fancy side bets, find a table with the best odds (betting rules) you can, and just stick to the basic basic bets.  Worse chance of winning than blackjack, but still a lot closer to 0% house advantage than you'll find anywhere else in the casino.

Expect to lose your money a lot faster at any other game in the house.  But of course, it's all about having fun, so if blackjack and craps aren't your thing, have fun wherever you like.

And the above advice is sound.  Choose beforehand how much you are willing to lose, and walk away when you lose that much.  If you're doing well, pocket $100 or whatever and play with the rest, that way at the very worst you'll come out $100 ahead.

I'm not a Texas Hold'em guy myself, so I'll leave the poker advice to others.  I will say that you should expect it to feel a lot different than playing with your buddies or online.
9806  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: {dead} HEADS UP! Wiis in stock at Amazon on: February 15, 2007, 05:44:38 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 15, 2007, 05:23:22 PM

Now I just need to find a way to hook it up to the network-

You should not think about simply mooching off of a neighbor's wireless network, even though the Wii is only going to be using the connection very intermittently since you can't yet game online.  Although it would be a ridiculously easy thing to do while you figure out your future plans for your home network, you'd be buying yourself an express ticket to the minimum security white collar sin version of Hell.

So don't even think about it.
9807  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: February 15, 2007, 02:14:56 PM
Out until I see more about the downloadable song pricing and selection.  A David Bowie song pack will greatly weaken my willpower, and the release of some kind of 3rd party converter for the PS2 guitars will eliminate my willpower entirely.

I think I'm going to have to try out the flying V controller in a store first, it doesn't look like it'll be as comfortable as the SG.  I seem to remember someone saying that the strap placing and balance makes it sit a little bit weird if you're standing, and it doesn't nestle in your lap very well if you want to play sitting.
9808  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best/Worst Game Rental Service? on: February 15, 2007, 01:56:15 PM
Ouendan!!!!

...

hm?

nothing?

Darn.
9809  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: C&C3 is slated for a March release on: February 15, 2007, 01:54:54 PM
Ah, didn't realize that was from December, I thought it was a new video.  I probably already watched it, damn you memory loss!
9810  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: C&C3 is slated for a March release on: February 14, 2007, 10:52:30 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on December 17, 2006, 07:30:39 PM

Don't believe me?  You should...

http://www.gamingtrend.com/video/C&C3_GDI_vs_NOC.zip  (13mb)

The very end of the trailer says it all....

Something happen to the file?  It isn't downloading properly for me.
9811  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wednesday timewaster a hand here, because I work in frivolous. on: February 14, 2007, 07:02:08 PM
(Here's a Wednesday timewaster because I am bored at work.)

Use good old Google language tool I am going to try and hold the first meeting, I then translated back.
(Using good old Google Language Tools, I am going to try and hold a conversation by first translating my words to Chinese and back.)
   
I stopped after exposure to English in brackets, where the fun?
(I'll stop putting the untouched English version in parentheses, because where's the fun in that?)
   
I will not be able to play anyway since the boss from the beginning of a long home because the snow. Good idea, I have this brave elements for a meal, I can only come out of a giant puddle. I spent more than one hour. I try to do other people's shoes and socks space heater.

I just want to go home, get a piece, the whole night playing with the Galaxy hooligans.     
Yesterday, I just received the game, although I have only one hour of input, and I am pretty impressed.
   
To participate with the music. Everybody wants to waste time and create their own Engrish?
9812  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Wii channel just launched -- nothing special -- on: February 14, 2007, 04:27:53 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 14, 2007, 03:08:36 PM

I wish there was a way to put all of the VC games I downloaded into one channel that would open up to display them.  Maybe the Games channel will do that, though I have a feeling it'll just be a variation on the shopping channel.
If you want your VC games consolidated and seperated from the main screen, why not put them all on the second page of the interface?
9813  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: C&C3 is slated for a March release on: February 14, 2007, 04:23:34 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 14, 2007, 03:20:26 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on February 14, 2007, 02:25:22 PM

I read there is a demo coming this month.

Anyone know any details?  (assuming, of course, that I'm correct for once.)



I want to say I heard next week for the demo, but I'm feeling too lazy to look it up.

Yeah, I remember hearing next week as well.  I'm also too lazy to..you know...thing...
9814  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Settlers of Catan (Live Arcade) screenshots on: February 14, 2007, 02:17:09 PM
More from good old Qt3:

Quote
As for AIs, there are-
3 in the Trial Version (Frederick, Elizabeth, Alexander)
7 in the Full Version (Frederick, Elizabeth, Alexander, Shaka, Sun Tzu, Cleopatra, and Lincoln)
6 Additional AIs in the AI Generals Pack (Lenin, Isabella, Tokugawa, Joan of Arc, Hannibal and Caesar)

There are a grand total of 13 unique AIs you can play against.

Your ass is mine, Lincoln!
9815  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Wii channel just launched -- nothing special -- on: February 14, 2007, 02:01:57 PM
Well, I guess there are quite a few people who can't get enough of internet polls, so I suppose there's an audience for this.

Personally I think this is going to be the first channel I drag over to the second page of the Wii.
9816  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War Climbs the Ranks of ATB's Top 10 Games of All Time on: February 14, 2007, 01:58:26 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 14, 2007, 06:59:30 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 13, 2007, 08:20:29 PM

I'm very much looking forward to replaying the original in preparation for II.  What a great time to be a gamer, isn't this usually the deadest time of the year for game releases?

I fully intend on replaying this as well-probably early next month (well I never finished it, so I guess I mean finish it)

I never finished it either, but I was planning on replaying from the beginning instead of picking up where I left off. Gives it that extra kick of epic feeling or something.
9817  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 11/06) on: February 14, 2007, 01:46:24 AM
+1 to Gratch, thanks again!
9818  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Today's Virtual Console offering on: February 14, 2007, 01:38:52 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 13, 2007, 05:06:17 PM


That screenshot is from the NES?  Man, that's pretty impressive. 

One two three four...yup, I count exactly 8 bits in that shot.  Definitely NES.
9819  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War Climbs the Ranks of ATB's Top 10 Games of All Time on: February 13, 2007, 08:20:29 PM
I'm very much looking forward to replaying the original in preparation for II.  What a great time to be a gamer, isn't this usually the deadest time of the year for game releases?
9820  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Force Unleashed on: February 13, 2007, 07:26:46 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on February 13, 2007, 07:08:45 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 13, 2007, 05:58:55 PM

...release(or at least announce) KOTOR3...everyone wants it...

 drool drool drool

You know, Mantooth would make a good Wookiee name.
9821  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot needs to adjust their Wii review section on: February 13, 2007, 07:15:14 PM
What's odd is that they do have a seperate section for just the VC reviews...but they show up in the Wii section as well. 
9822  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Settlers of Catan (Live Arcade) screenshots on: February 13, 2007, 07:09:58 PM
It's too bad they didn't make that non-numerical graphical version of the tiles have information tied to the 3d models.  It wouldn't have been hard to have 1-5 sheep, 1-5 trees, etc. as the graphical representation.  Besides making that view mode not be useless, it might be easier on the eyes for standard def folks like you and I.

I'll have to remember to test out the legibility on the demo before I buy it.
9823  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DS Lite rumble pak? on: February 13, 2007, 06:56:03 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on February 13, 2007, 06:41:13 PM

I'll have to add this to my want list.  Play-Asia also has a headset made for the DS Lite which I've been eying.

What does it do that a nice pair of headphones doesn't do?
9824  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Settlers of Catan (Live Arcade) screenshots on: February 13, 2007, 05:58:03 PM

Quote from: Luke on February 13, 2007, 04:45:58 PM

Based on the text size in those screenshots, Catan is looking like YA SDTV-hostile Xbox 360 game.  Pass?

What specifically looks hard to read?  Really the only detail you need to be able to pick up is the numbers for quantity of resources, and the number of dots by each tile (how productive the land will be) but even then the dots are just an aide for interpreting dice odds.
9825  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DS Lite rumble pak? on: February 13, 2007, 05:51:42 PM
Wait, they have a rumble pack that won't stick out like regular GBA games?
9826  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Force Unleashed on: February 13, 2007, 04:21:48 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 13, 2007, 04:11:14 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 13, 2007, 03:52:02 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 13, 2007, 06:27:41 AM

yeah i saw that video last year sometime,although it does look good,i was a bit miffed at how they have overpowered the jedi/sith/dark jedi...i mean fine with the stormtroopers,but with the tie fighter?....

Size matters not.

meh...so why didnt they just do that in the clone wars??....could of saved a whole lot of crying with the first two crap episodes,lol

force powers should be used to put the enviroment as an advantage,not just strike everything out like you're the hand of god

Well obviously at that point in the timeline, the Force was still leashed. slywink
9827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Settlers of Catan (Live Arcade) screenshots on: February 13, 2007, 02:47:48 PM

Quote from: ATB on February 13, 2007, 02:20:05 PM

How do you beat a game in 20 mins? I've never played it but isn't settlers like a 3 hr board game?
I don't know about 3 hours for the real version, I'd say more like 1-2 hours depending on how well everyone knows the game.  20 minutes does seem quite fast, but keep in mind that's for single player.  Your opponent's moves are going to zip by and likely only slow when they want to trade for something.  Multiplayer games would surely take longer. 

I'm also curious how the game handles it when a player drops or disconnects.  Will the AI take over their seat?  Can the game continue if the host is the one who drops?

I wonder if he really meant it when he used the "single player vs. 4 AI" example, might this mean the game can handle more than 4 players, or was it just a slip?  (The board game is for 3-4 players, unless you buy an expansion pack that makes it suitable for 5-6.)
9828  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Settlers of Catan (Live Arcade) screenshots on: February 13, 2007, 02:13:04 PM
Brian Reynolds, who worked on Catan, has been posting about it a bit on Qt3.

Highlights:
  • no hotseat multiplayer
  • can (and should) increase dealing speed, the game moves along at a good pace
  • solo game vs. 4 AI should take about 15-20 minutes including trading
  • multiplayer ranked matches (60 seconds allowed for your turn) (unranked also available)
  • Almost certainly will cost 800 points
  • Microtransaction theme packs, AI-personalities, "stuff"
  • "Speaking of the AI, I think any solo players out there will be most pleased."
I'm going to have to find a way to tear myself away from Root Beer Tapper and Paperboy, 'cause Catan is looking mighty fine!
9829  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Final Fantasy III Friend Codes on: February 13, 2007, 01:31:59 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on February 13, 2007, 11:14:03 AM

Sorry for my late response...where the heck is the friend code hidden?

The moogles are the keepers of wi-fi.
9830  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lunar Knights "one of the finest games on DS." 1UP review on: February 12, 2007, 09:17:10 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 12, 2007, 08:30:42 PM

And, as noted, this game really shames most other DS games in the production values department- lots of voice acting, liberal use of FMV spread throughout, good musical score, etc all make it feel more like a full blown console outing. 

I'm curious if anyone knows, does this game use the bigger size limit on the DS cart?  I thought I heard Nintendo recently upped the enforced limit.
9831  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3--Is this a 2007 title? on: February 12, 2007, 03:28:04 PM

Quote from: Space Herpes on February 12, 2007, 02:57:57 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on February 12, 2007, 01:05:00 AM

IMO, they were glad to take the reputation they had for a few good titles and exchange it for a quick buck.  It would be unfair of me to let them have it both ways.

Is this satire or sarcasm? 

I think he's referring to that abomination of a game: Elder Scrolls Tactics: Brotherhood of Horse Armor.  They took a beloved franchise and turned it into a shallow combat-only game, and there still wasn't any mounted combat!

Thumbs down, Bethesda!  Strike 1: Where's Waldo NES.  Strike 2: EST:BoHA.
9832  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/12) on: February 12, 2007, 01:55:23 PM
Is Wii Play really due this week?  I thought that got delayed again.
9833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout- Playing it through again for the first time. on: February 12, 2007, 12:37:32 AM
I just installed Fallout 2 as well, did you see the trailer for a second Baldur's Gate?!  Wow!  Interplay is on a roll, with Black Isle Studios under their belt, the future sure is looking bright for these companies...time to buy lots of stock!
9834  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout- Playing it through again for the first time. on: February 12, 2007, 12:26:19 AM
All right, I can't resist, I'm reinstalling this bad boy as well.  I can't wait for that "Planescape Torment" game they show the trailer for in the installation...it's coming soon!
9835  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Getting a Wii what do I need on: February 11, 2007, 05:23:00 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on February 11, 2007, 04:34:59 PM

I am still amazed that folks are still lining up over 3 months after launch. Nintendo needs to make more systems!

A friend of mine just got his in Boston.  He said there were 50 people in line at his Target!  I thought for sure the craziness would've ended by the end of January.
9836  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Getting a Wii what do I need on: February 10, 2007, 06:21:08 PM
Don't forget the classic controller if you're planning to dive into the Virtual Console stuff.
9837  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: February 10, 2007, 12:45:08 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on February 10, 2007, 06:26:09 AM

Tempted to pick up another GBA for this game... alternatively I could borrow a friend's....

Why wouldn't you get a DS Lite instead?
9838  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Supreme Commander Demo - Impressions? on: February 09, 2007, 10:33:17 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on February 09, 2007, 09:28:00 PM

Quote from: JSL on February 09, 2007, 09:10:22 PM

The interface does take up a bit of room and I am sure I would find it annoying if I didn't play on my 30" dell screen.

Try hitting alt+up arrow.  It puts the interface on the left side of the screen.  Much better on a wide screen monitor IMHO.

I just learned about this trick, even on a non-widescreen monitor I think it looks a lot better.
9839  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Supreme Commander Demo - Impressions? on: February 09, 2007, 12:08:27 AM

Quote from: Calvin on February 08, 2007, 11:53:52 PM

it is going to take some dedication to learn the intricacies and all the cool shit built into the game.

It's ridiculous that they didn't include a tutorial in the demo to show off things like the transport ferrying system, the movable waypoints, coordinated attacks, the structure adjacency bonuses, how subcommanders can rebuild structures...hell, some people are going to try the demo and not even know you can shift queue everything and the kitchen sink.  You might as well throw Falcon 4.0 at us with a picture of a joystick and tell us to have at it.

By the way, thank god units and defenses automatically fire at blips on the radar, in TA I think you had to build a structure for them to do that.  Speaking of the radar, I love how you can see grey identifying blips on the main map for units & structures your radar has seen but no unit has.  In TA if you wanted to tell bombers or whoever to attack a radar-found target, you had to use the mini-map to select.  Now I just have to learn to identify the different icons.  (How about a button to bring up a legend, Chris?)

Oh, and to answer my own earlier question, you can overload enemy shields with repeated bombardment, (or a lucky hit?).
9840  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Supreme Commander Demo - Impressions? on: February 08, 2007, 11:47:42 PM
Make sure you turn off shadows if you're having performance issues, it's silly that they're on by default.

I don't know why they picked the AI they did for the demo.  On the skirmish, the computer seems to turtle up until it's entire base is covered with shields and then it builds an artillery piece.  The only units it sends to attack me are some level 1 subs and destroyers.  It also never builds a single air unit.

This is on medium, I guess I'll try it on hard.

At this point, my hope is that they kept their promise on the modability.  It's an amazing game engine they've built, if it is really modable and it gets a decent enough install base, we might be able to expect some great things from the fans.

You just know someone's going to rebuild the original TA with this engine.  (if it really is modable!)
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